THE Vice-President John Mahama has underscored the need for this yearâ€™s general elections to be based on issues rather than personality attacks on perceived political opponents.
He made the call on Sunday at the dedication, inauguration and first anniversary of the Cedar Mountain Chapel of the Assemblies of God, Ghana at East Legon in Accra founded by Rev Stephen Y. Wengam.
Vice-President Mahama, supported by the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Ghana, the Rev Dr Paul Frimpong-Manso, cut the tape and unveiled the plaque to inaugurate the chapel.
Mr Mahama noted that most of the insults and personality attacks during elections were done by political party members and foot soldiers whom he advised to stop the character assassination to ensure peace in the country during and after the election.
He asked religious leaders to use their pulpits to preach the message of peaceful co-existence and also impress on their congregation to guard against insulting their political opponents.
Vice-President Mahama said he as a politician, had never insulted anyone, and would not engage in any campaign of insults during the electioneering campaign.
In the same vein, he said, President Mills, who was known as a man of peace, and the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), would not insult any perceived political opponent in the run-up to the election.
Mr. Mahama reiterated governmentâ€™s assurance to work with the Electoral Commission (EC) to ensure free, fair and transparent election.
He attributed the prevailing peace, in the country partly to the constant intercessory prayers by religious leaders and their ability to intervene and cool down the political temperature and urged religious leaders to maintain the momentum by extending the intercessory prayers and mediation roles to the elections.
The, Rev Dr Frimpong-Manso noted that God had blessed Ghana with abundant resources, most of which were untapped.
He, therefore, urged Ghanaians to refrain from solely depending on the government and other institutions for jobs and other opportunities and instead tap their latent talents to transform their lives.
Rev. Dr Frimpong-Manso said it was only when people had vision that they could achieve greater things in life, â€śsince a people without a vision do not have a future.â€ť
Rev. Wengam noted that the beginning of the church was difficult, and thanked God for helping him and his members to build the chapel.
Also present at the ceremony were the Second Lady, Mrs. Lordina Mahama; a Deputy Minister of Transport, Mrs Dzifa Attivor, and some Reverend Ministers both from Ghana and abroad.